From Kevin “Kip” Thomas – Director- Healthcare Emergency Management Program, Boston University School of Medicine
It was incredibly useful to connect with universities and government agencies to see what they are doing from a program perspective, but also to see what the agencies’ workforce demands and emerging requirements are being defined as. I feel that the UAPI program is crucial as a means to facilitate the workforce requirements associated with the educational process and it is a vital program to continue.
Networking at the UAPI paved the way for me to set up relationships with several university programs including The Naval Postgraduate School, Angelo State Center for Security Studies, University of Alaska Emergency Management and Homeland Security Programs, and Colorado Tech. We are currently working on collaborative educational programs and research opportunities with these universities.